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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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January Sayles end as dad and sons play for Hawcoat for last time

FOR a dad and his two sons, Hawcoat Park’s A-team game on Saturday was one of some significance.

Prop Ray Sayle, a stalwart of the club, was playing with his sons, inside centre Matt, and stand-off Lewis, against Penrith thirds.

For the Sayles it could their last appearance on the field as a family for some time, with Lewis due to jet off to Australia.

Lewis was voted man of the match by Penrith after an encounter which saw the visitors go home with the spoils.

In an exciting opening half Penrith went ahead with a converted try, only for Hawcoat to put themselves back in the frame with hooker Andy Kent going over following pressure on the visitors’ line.

However, as the arm wrestle for superiority continued, Penrith stretched their lead going over the whitewash again.

Hawcoat, however, were not finished and went into the break on level terms after full-back Neil France took the ball from Lewis Sayle on the burst to score, with Adam Williamson’s kick being accurate.

The second half was equally absorbing with Hawcoat pushing the visitors all the way.

Penrith, who have an outside chance of securing the Cumbria South East League title, wrapped the match up with two breakaway tries, one close to the final whistle, to run out winners.

When the sides faced each other earlier in the season Hawcoat, who travelled with just 11 players, were defeated 86-8.

Hawcoat skipper Martin Kennedy said: “I think the turn round from that performance was quite dramatic.

“I think they knew we were going to have a stronger side but they were probably not expecting as tight a game as maybe they got.”

While this match survived the weather, many games were hit by the horrenbdous weather conditions and in the Cumbria League Millom’s game at Carlisle Crusaders and Windermere match against Furness at Dawes Meadow were both postponed.

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